Rogue and Gambit are undoubtably two of the most popular X-Men of all time, ranking high on fan favorite lists both as individual characters and as a couple. This week, Stephanie Phillips and Carlos Gomez bring Mr. and Mrs. X into their first solo adventure of the Krakoa era — and it’s just as fun as it sounds.
Rogue and Gambit are a couple that balances their softer moments with an equal amount of good hearted fun. It’s hard to read a Rogue and Gambit comic and not have a good time reading their antics, and that is fortunately something Stephanie Phillips understands quite well. From the opening pages alone we’re treated to their signature banter and antics as Rogue rescues her her husband from yet another situation he got in over his head in.
From the start of the Krakoa era, Destiny was a major player in the game, motivating Mystique’s actions even before she was brought back to life at last in Inferno. Due to how circumstances played out, many readers were disappointed Rogue was uninvolved in any of the scenes where Raven fought to get her wife back (even Hickman himself lamented that). Rogue always had a good relationship with Irene, and the Darkholme/Adler family dynamic is one of the most iconic in X-Men history. Destiny’s presence in this story is one of the highlights, especially when she reaches out for a more tender moment with her daughter.
The idea of more scenes involving Rogue and Irene and the book exploring Irene’s returning presence in Rogue’s life are some of the most promising concepts in Rogue & Gambit. Eden Fesi getting a lot of play in this book is also a treat (although a more unexpected one) because he’s one of the most fascinating mutants on the canvas right now thanks to the work Al Ewing has been doing with him.
Rogue & Gambit taking on an approach that revolves around solving a mystery is surprisingly a really good fit. The setup is intriguing and after issue #1, I can’t wait to see what more Stephanie Phillips has in store for this book. The writing certainly sets the book off to a strong start, but Carlos Gomez’s art is the icing on top of the cake. Every page is entirely eye-catching and his style is extremely well-suited for a book like this. It seems like Marvel got exactly the right team on this title – Rogue & Gambit is off to a strong start.
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